Report: Syrian Refugees Practicing Medicine in Lebanon

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The impact of the refugee crisis on the daily lives of the Lebanese began growing after Syrians started working in fields that are banned for non-Lebanese amid fears they would be nationalized under international pressure.

The head of the parliamentary health committee, MP Atef Majdalani, told An Nahar newspaper published on Monday that Syrian doctors are illegally working at hospitals and clinics in the eastern Bekaa Valley.

He urged the Lebanese Order of Physicians to defend the rights of Lebanese doctor.

But Health Minister Wael Abou Faour said the authorities “stopped the violations after receiving complaints from the syndicate and from (Lebanese) doctors.”

He told the daily that Syrian doctors are banned from opening clinics or working at hospitals. But the authorities were only turning a blind eye to volunteers operating at clinics treating Syrian refugees in border areas and mainly the northeastern town of Arsal.

“We can't stop a physician from helping his compatriots,” Abou Faour said.

Labor Minister Sejaan Qazzi revealed, however, that Syrian doctors, assistants and nurses are not just working in the areas mentioned by Majdalani.

They are spread in other regions as well, he said, adding 47 percent of refugees form a labor force that competes with the Lebanese.

Majdalani told Voice of Lebanon (100.5) that there are no statistics on the number of doctors and nurses working in Lebanon.

There are over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres warned last week that the spiraling crisis from Syria's civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon's security.

There are now 2.9 million Syrian refugees registered in the region, with 100,000 more added each month.

The crisis has had a severe impact on Lebanon's economy and has been worsened by alleged pressure exerted by the international community to place them in camps.

Most of the refugees are living with relatives or have established encampments in the mainly Bekaa region and in northern Lebanon.

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil stressed last week that there is consensus among the rival parties of the government to reject the establishment of camps, saying such a move would result in the nationalization of Syrians.

Despite the clear stance announced by the authorities, U.N. officials have asked them to grant Lebanese travel documents to Syrian refugees, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday.

The request came in response to a pressure exerted by the West, it said, without giving further details.

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Comments 16
Thumb eagledawn 07 July 2014, 08:44

and the moral of the story is??

Thumb eagledawn 07 July 2014, 12:35

provide selfies, youtube videos, or iTunes clips to prove your accusation or forever shut up.

Thumb cash.puppet 07 July 2014, 14:46

FT those countries are too busy wasting money on Malls of the World. No time for refugees and war consequences and such nonsense. Just fund some crazies to do the dirty work in Syria Lebanon and Iraq, get our people to go there and reap the benefits in their own countries.

Thumb freedomarch 07 July 2014, 15:01

Fpm supporting hizbola, right? Hizbola is fighting in syria right attacking right? Syrians fled right? Blame hizbola and syrian rygeme for the inflox of refugees.

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 07 July 2014, 08:45

Hizbelcharaf brought the bear to our back yard now we have to endure him!

Default-user-icon Michel Jeb (Guest) 07 July 2014, 08:51

Send these refuges back to just inside the Lebanese-Syrian border. We had endured so much over the past 60 years. Having these Syrians in Lebanon will change the balance of the Lebanese. These Syrians(Not all of them) will turn against the Lebanese government and People sooner or later. they need to be deported or sent to KSA or Qatar who are root cause of why these Syrians became refuges.

Thumb popeye 07 July 2014, 10:36

Always blame the victim, always blame the battered wife for the husband's violence, always blame the abused for being abused.. typical terror party's logic. How about blaming the root cause: A vicious criminal regime supported by a killer sectarian militia and a criminal regime in Iran. Oh wait, that does not jive in your distorted logic!

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 07 July 2014, 10:26

it is the biggest threat that Lebanon is encountering after the Palestinian refugees it is a demographic disaster for Lebanon

Thumb ex-fpm 07 July 2014, 11:04

HA is the biggest threat to lebanon's present and future along with people like you ya hanoun.

Thumb eagledawn 07 July 2014, 12:37

If HA is lebanese then it must be Christmas today.

Default-user-icon Shawn (Guest) 07 July 2014, 14:50

I know many Lebanese doctors who should be thrown in jail long before these "illegal doctors" but they're not because hey they're Lebanese and they have connections.
Justice only goes one way, and it doesn't seem like it's the right way.

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 07 July 2014, 15:21

we have to blame the idiots that planned for this war in Syria and miscalculated everything
there were a democratic peaceful uprising but these idiots in the gulf hijacked this peacefull secular uprising and turned it into a religious armed war and they only are to blame because if it is still a peaceful secular uprising assad would ve left long ago
god bless democracy and secularism

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 07 July 2014, 16:19

just make as many camps as there is in all the gulf countries
(Palestinian and Syrian )

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 07 July 2014, 16:40

just build the same number of camps that exists in all gilf countries

Default-user-icon mustapha o. ghalayini (Guest) 07 July 2014, 17:57

the good news are:competition lower prices,that is economy.

Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 07 July 2014, 19:40

let Lebanon get the same number of refugees and camps as in all the gulf countries
god bless democracy and freedom of speech